Coronavirus cases break records as states around U.S. reel under surge

As the United States set records for the number of new coronavirus cases, states in every part of the nation are reeling under the surge.

2 back- to-back everyday records for single-day boosts in U.S. cases were set on Friday, with 79,303 new cases, and on Thursday with 77,640, according to NBC News’ tally. The previous high of 75,723 was set July 29.

The total number of cases has actually reached 8.6 million, with over 225,000 deaths.

And the toll is being felt around the nation.

  • Amongst the dead is an 18-year- old who was a student at University of Dayton in Ohio. “I think it is a wake-up call,” stated a fellow student of the death of the teenager, who had actually gone home to Illinois in September for remote research study.
  • Illinois’ leading public health official broke down in tears throughout a news conference Friday as she reported over 3,800 new coronavirus cases, bringing the state’s total to more than 370,000.
  • Ohio set another single-day case record after reporting 2,518 new cases Friday, bringing its total to 192,948, according to NBC News’ tally. “We can’t let this situation continue to domino out of control,” the guv stated today as the state put out a new advertisement with a visualization of how the infection spreads.
  • New Mexico has actually seen its cases double over the past 2 weeks to more than 40,000. “The threat of this virus remains very real”, the guv advised homeowners.
  • South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Booking was put under a one- week lockdown by the Oglala Sioux People to slow the spread of the infection.
  • Idaho is also experiencing an uptick in cases that is beginning to overwhelm health centers in the state. “& ldquo; Our healthcare facility is not built for a pandemic,” said a pulmonologist at a hospital in Coeur d’Alene.
  • New Jersey’s governor said Saturday he extended a public health emergency in the state for an additional 30 days in light of an ” disconcerting rise in cases,” the highest since May.
  • And the top health official in one of Florida’s most populous counties discouraged parents from hosting birthday parties for their children, no matter the size.

The University of Dayton student died Thursday after a lengthy hospitalization, the school’s president said in a letter to the university community, reported NBC affiliate WDTN in Dayton. The university didn’t say whether the student, who was in his first year, was believed to have contracted the virus at the school or elsewhere. He had left campus on Sept. 13 to study remotely from home.

In Illinois, the state’s top health official, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, became emotional at a news conference where she noted the increase in the case count and that over 9,400 people have died of the virus in the state. ” These are people who began with us in 2020 and won’ t be with us at the Thanksgiving table.”

” We are seeing the number of people with Covid-19 continue to increase,” Ezike said. ” We are seeing the number of people in the healthcare facility due to the fact that of Covid-19 boost. We are seeing the number of lives lost continue to increase.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a new ad campaign Thursday ” that serves as a visual tip of how rapidly #COVID 19 spreads.” The coronavirus has killed 2,506 people in Ohio so far.

Today we’re releasing a new ad that serves as a visual reminder of how quickly #COVID19 spreads. We can’t let this situation continue to domino out of control. We have the power to turn this around. Wear your masks. Wash your hands. Keep your social distance. #InThisTogetherOhio pic.twitter.com/j1g1SJxf6f

— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) October 22, 2020

” We have the power to turn thisaround Use your masks. Wash your hands. Keep your social distance,” DeWine tweeted.

Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced mitigation efforts on Friday to curb a spike in cases, including temporarily closing businesses deemed to be hot spots, limiting retail hours, and enhancing safety requirements for food-and-drink establishments.

” The hazard of this infection remains extremelyreal Please do your part to slow its spread and safeguard yourself & & your community,” Lujan Grisham tweeted. The coronavirus has killed 960 people in New Mexico.

New COVID-19 mitigation efforts are in effect today, enhancing safety requirements and targeting hotspot businesses while ensuring businesses operating safely can continue to do so.

Every New Mexican must do their part to protect our hospitals and health care workers. pic.twitter.com/rGml8c5eiO

— Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) October 23, 2020

In South Dakota, the Oglala Sioux Tribe banned all nonessential travel at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and ordered nonessential businesses to close until Oct. 30. The tribe tweeted that there were 391 active Covid-19 cases as of Thursday on the reservation that has about 20,000 residents.

The lockdown comes as South Dakota surpassed 9,000 coronavirus cases on Thursday and reported an all-time high of new cases.

In Idaho, a hospital in northern part of the state said it is running out of space for patients and is considering airlifting people to Seattle or Portland after the facility reached 99 percent capacity, according to Dr. Robert Scoggins, a pulmonologist at the Kootenai Health hospital in Coeur d’Alene.

“We’ve essentially shut down an entire floor of our hospital,” he stated. “We’ve had to double rooms. We’ve bought more hospital beds.”

Another hospital in the southern Idaho city of Twin Falls, stopped accepting children because it is overwhelmed with coronavirus patients. Newborns and all patients under age 18 will be sent to Boise, a town 128 miles away.

New Jersey Gov Phil Murphy said on Twitter on Saturday that with the rise in cases, which the state reported as nearly 2,000 in one day, ” I advise every New Jerseyan to remain watchful. Due to the fact that we are worn out “

In Florida’s Orange County, Dr. Raul Pino, a state health officer, discouraged parents from holding birthday parties of any size, saying that half of the 30 attendees at a recent Sweet 16 party in the Orlando area came down with the virus. Last month, an Orange County high school closed for two weeks after students who had attended a birthday party tested positive.

“Those parties will not only affect those people participating in that activity, but also everyone else they come into contact with when they leave,” said Pino. “We will continue to see consequences if we don’t act super-responsibly.”

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott is sending more medical reinforcements to the El Paso area in response to a rise in coronavirus infections. The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Division of Emergency Management will provide more medical personnel and equipment this week.

El Paso County reported about 3,750 new coronavirus infections this week, including 1,161 on Thursday — accounting for nearly 18 percent of the 21,321 cases reported this week by the state’s 254 counties.

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